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  • Proposed Approval of Alabama's Air Plan - PSD Replacement Units  - 

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve changes to the Alabama State Implementation Plan (SIP) that were provided by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) to EPA in letters dated May 7, 2012 and August »

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  • MCAQD Introduces a New, User-Friendly Interface System, IMPACT  - 

    In September of this year, Maricopa County Air Quality Department (MCAQD) plans to implement a new interface system for industry representatives. This system will be for General, Non-Title V, and Title V Sources, as well as, Emissions Inventory. »

  • Proposed SIP Revision - Significant Emission Rate for Ammonia  - 

    Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is proposing a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision to include a Significant Emission Rate (SER) for Ammonia (NH3) as a precursor in the formation of secondary fine particulate matter with an »

  • REMINDER: Required Maricopa County Annual Emissions Inventory  - 

    On February 1, 2019, Maricopa County Air Quality Division (MCAQD) mailed out the 2018 emission inventory reports. If your facility received an emission inventory report, please complete the report and submit by May 13, 2019 (due date).Facilities »

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  • Highlights from the SB 19-181 Stakeholder Meeting  - 

    The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Air Pollution Control Division (Division) held the first of several public meetings to engage stakeholders on potential revisions to the Air Quality Control Commission's Regulations Number 3 »

  • Colorado’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory and More to Come  - 

    Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) published their draft greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory 2019 update report on July 5, 2019, which includes a 30-day public comment period and meeting. The updated GHG inventory includes a »

  • ''Fugitive'' Sources Impacting Source Determinations  - 

    The Denver-Metro North Front Range (DMNFR) redesignation to a serious nonattainment area for ozone is on the horizon, thus it is critical to review your current facility site-wide permitted emissions in order to determine the facility's status with »

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  • Update on PM2.5 NAAQS in Illinois - May 2019  - 

    The USEPA has issued final approval of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's (Illinois EPA's) request submitted on December 6, 2018 to re-designate the Illinois portion of the St. Louis, MO-IL nonattainment area (St. Louis area) to »

  • Update on PM2.5 NAAQS in Illinois - March 2019  - 

    The USEPA has proposed to approve the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's (Illinois EPA's) request submitted on December 6, 2018 to re-designate the Illinois portion of the St. Louis, MO-IL nonattainment area (St. Louis area) to attainment »

  • Upcoming Reporting Requirements for Illinois Facilities - March 2019  - 

    Semi-Annual Monitoring ReportsMany of the Clean Air Act Permit Program (CAAPP) permits issued within the past several years, have updated due dates for Semi-Annual Monitoring Reports (SAMR).  The most common deadlines are now January 31 and July 31 »

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  • IDNR Air Quality Contact Meeting  - 

    The IDNR is soliciting agenda items for the next Air Quality Contact Meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. Agenda items should be submitted to Matthew Johnson by May 2 and include the name of the item, who will lead the »

  • Regional Haze and Prong 4 SIP Revisions  - 

    The IDNR is holding a public comment period on the proposed Regional Haze and Prong 4 (State Implementation Plan) SIP Revisions until April 29th. Revisions include:IDNR requesting EPA fully approve Iowa's regional haze SIP as meeting all applicable »

  • Reporting Reminders (April 2019 Update)  - 

    Minor Source Emission Inventory Questionnaires (MSEIQs) are due May 15, 2019 for emission year 2018 for minor source facilities in the east section of Iowa (Field Offices 1 & 6) and portable plants. MSEIQ forms and instructions are available on the »

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  • Tip of the Month - Spill Plan Compliance  - 

    ICPs or stand-alone spill plans - which is better? An integrated contingency plan (ICP) is a single document written for your facility to meet the spill plan requirements of various regulations. Common spill plans include Storm Water Pollution »

  • EPA TRI Inquiries  - 

    Starting in 2019, Trinity has noticed an uptick in TRI inquiries sent by EPA to facilities in Kansas. The inquires cover the reporting years 2013-2017 and are as a result of data quality issues flagged by EPA while reviewing submitted TRI data. Some »

  • Midwest Environmental Compliance Conference April 23-24, 2019  - 

    Mark your calendar to attend the 6th Annual Midwest Environmental Compliance Conference (MECC) which will take place April 23-24, 2019 at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Missouri. This conference will provide a regional perspective »

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  • Friendly Emissions Inventory Reminder!  - 

    The Kentucky Emissions Inventory System (KyEIS) emission survey responses are due on April 15th. Applicable sources are required to provide information on calendar-year process rates and fuel usage through the survey, in order to calculate actual »

  • Kentucky Office Announcement - Visible Emissions Certified  - 

    It is common for stationary sources to discharge visible emissions into the atmosphere. These visible emissions, referred to as plumes, can appear as either black or white smoke. Plumes are judged based on their opacity (i.e., the degree to which »

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  • Substantive Changes to Water Quality Trading Proposed Rule  - 

    On January 20, 2019, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) published proposed revisions to the State's water quality regulations LAC 33:IX.2603, 2605, 2607, 2611, and 2619 (originally noticed as WQ099 on January 20, 2019). The »

  • LDEQ Proposes Water Quality Updates  - 

    On June 20, 2019, LDEQ proposed amendments to the Water Quality regulations through two separate actions.WQ101 proposes to amend LAC 33:IX.1123, Table 3. The proposed rule will classify subsegment 050603 (Bayou Chene from headwaters to Lacassine »

  • LDEQ Finalizes AQ380S - Project Emissions and Offset Requirements  - 

    The rule AQ380, "Project Emissions Accounting and Offset Requirements in Specified Parishes," was originally proposed on September 20, 2018 to amend LAC 33:III.504 - Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR) Procedures and Offset Requirements in »

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  • Massachusetts proposes amendments to 310 CMR 4.00, Timely Action Schedule and Fee Provisions  - 

    The Massachusetts Department Environmental Protection (MassDEP) issued a notice to hold a public hearing for proposed amendments to 310 CMR 4.00 Timely Action Schedule and Fee Provisions. The proposed amendments clarify the applicability of fee »

  • RIDEM Proposes Revisions to Surface Coating Regulations  - 

    The purpose of this regulation is to limit emissions of volatile organic compounds from coating operations, part of the state's effort to meet the 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental »

  • MassDEP 2017 Source Registrations Now Due  - 

    Source Registration (SR) web forms for 2017 - including those for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions reporting - are now available for certain Operating Permit facilities ONLY. These facilities have been notified that the deadline for filing their »

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  • Ozone Daily Forecasts Begin April 1  - 

    MDEQ issues daily ozone forecasts from April 1 to October 31 for DeSoto County, the Jackson Metro area, and the Gulf Coast. These forecasts keep residents and industries apprised of the current ozone conditions and alert them if an Air Quality »

  • Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) News for March 2019  - 

    Jennifer Milner, State Recycling Coordinator for MDEQ's Recycling and Waste Reduction Branch, was recently announced as a winner in Waste360's fourth annual 40 Under 40 Awards Program which honors leaders who are shaping the future of the waste and »

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  • Comments Open on Missouri 2019 Monitoring Network Plan  - 

    Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) has released the draft 2019 Monitoring Network Plan. This plan describes the ambient air monitoring stations used to determine compliance with National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Missouri's »

  • EPA Regional Offices Restructure  - 

    Effective April 15, all USEPA Regional Offices have restructured to match the structure of EPA Headquarters. Previously, each regional office had its own structure. The restructuring is intended to streamline decision-making and make it easier for »

  • MDNR Restructures Hazardous Waste Program  - 

    Effective March 1, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) has combined key functions of the Hazardous Waste Program and Solid Waste Management Program. Under the new structure, the new "Waste Management Program" will provide permitting »

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  • New Montana Registration Program for Aggregates, Ready-Mix, and Asphalt Industry  - 

    In May 2019, Montana's Air Quality Bureau announced a new air registration program to replace the current air permitting process for crushers and screens, concrete batch plants, and asphalt plants. The new program is intended to streamline the »

  • Montana CAAAC Meeting Updates  - 

    The latest Montana Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC) meeting was held on February 7, 2019. The main CAAAC meeting topics included a portable source registration program and a regional haze update.Portable Registration ProgramThe Montana »

  • PM10 Nonattainement Area Redesignation To Attainment  - 

    The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has formally requested redesignation of several PM10 nonattainment areas (NAA) in the state of Montana to attainment. Currently the following areas are proposed to be redesignated as attainment »

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  • Tip of the Month - Spill Plan Compliance  - 

    ICPs or stand-alone spill plans - which is better? An integrated contingency plan (ICP) is a single document written for your facility to meet the spill plan requirements of various regulations. Common spill plans include Storm Water Pollution »

  • NDEQ Update - Air Quality Operating Permit Renewal Forms  - 

    Facilities operating under Class I or Class II Operating Permits must submit an application for permit renewal to the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) not less than 6 months and not more than 18 months before the expiration date »

  • EPA TRI Inquiries  - 

    Starting in 2019, Trinity has noticed an uptick in TRI inquiries sent by EPA to facilities in Nebraska. The inquires cover the reporting years 2013-2017 and are as a result of data quality issues flagged by EPA while reviewing submitted TRI data. »

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New Hampshire

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New Jersey

  • New York to Lower Ozone Season NOx RACT Limits for SCCTs  - 

    Do you own a pre-1986 simple cycle or regenerative combustion turbine? If so, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is proposing to lower ozone season NOx emission limits for all simple cycle and regenerative »

  • NJDEP Proposes Revisions to Air Quality Risk Screening Worksheet - CRITICAL UPDATE  - 

    The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) is currently accepting comment on proposed revisions to the Division of Air Quality Health Risk Screening Worksheet for Long-Term Carcinogenic and Noncarcinogenic Effects and Short-Term »

  • NJDEP Evaluating New Rulemaking for Hazardous Air Pollutants  - 

    The NJDEP Division of Air Quality seems to be at it again.  After last year's revisions to Hazardous Air Pollutant (HAP) reporting thresholds (a majority of which were decreased significantly), revisions to modeling and risk assessment Technical »

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New Mexico

  • More Digital Updates to Air Quality Bureau Compliance Reporting Increases Efficiency  - 

    On June 28th, the New Mexico Environment Department Air Quality Bureau (NMED) converted to fully digital compliance reporting. The most recent upgrades to the Air Quality Bureau Compliance Reporting Application (AQBCR) now allows Title V »

  • Release of NMED TSP Repeal Guidance Document  - 

    On May 6, 2019 the New Mexico Environment Department Air Quality Bureau (NMED) released a guidance document on the repeal of regulation 20.2.3 NMAC. This NMAC repealed the Total Suspended Particulate (TSP) New Mexico Ambient Air Quality Standard »

  • NMED Announces Minor Source Emissions Inventory for 2020  - 

    The NMED has provided advance notification of a Minor Source Emissions Inventory requirement for the 2020 calendar year (under NMAC). All permitted sources and NOI sources will need to collect actual emission data during 2020, and report »

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New York

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  • Oregon DEQ Assigning More Rigorous Thresholds for Select Toxic Pollutants  - 

    The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) are in the process of assigning more protective health standards to toxic pollutants expected to have developmental or other severe human health effects. The »

  • Oregon DEQ Adopted Title V Fee Increase  - 

    On May 16, 2019, Oregon's Environmental Quality Commission adopted a Title V Program fee increase of 2.42%. This increase will be applied to invoices issued in August of 2019 for the annual emissions for operating period November 15, 2019 to »

  • DEQ Requesting Comments on Draft Recommended Procedures for Cleaner Air Oregon  - 

    Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) continues to update its website with information surrounding the Cleaner Air Oregon (CAO) regulations finalized in November 2018. Recently, DEQ posted "Draft Recommended Procedures for Conducting »

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Rhode Island

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  • Reclassification on DFW and HGB to Serious Ozone Nonattainment: Permitting and RACT Implications  - 

    On August 23, 2019 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took final action for the redesignation of the Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) Ozone Nonattainment Area (including Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, »

  • Odor Impact Service Offerings Available in Texas  - 

    In an effort to continue providing intelligent environmental and business solutions for Trinity clients in the upcoming year, we are expanding our ambient field study services to better investigate and remediate odor issues throughout Texas. »

  • Representative Gas Samples-State Level Actions  - 

    Operators in oil and gas producing states are seeing some changes when it comes to agencies requesting “representative” or “site specific” gas analyses. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) now routinely requires site-specific gas »

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  • Proposed Changes to Title V Air Permits Guidance Manual from 2014 US Supreme Court Ruling  - 

    Chapter 1 ( APG-200A1) and Chapter 5 ( APG-200A5) of the Title V Air Permits Guidance Manual (APG-200A) are currently under revision. The proposed changes remove the discussion about a source being major on the sole basis of greenhouse gas emissions »

  • DEQ Finalizes Rule Establishing Cap and Trade Program  - 

    On May 27th, 2019 the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) published the final version of the proposed Emissions Trading rule under 9 VAC 5-140. Procedurally, the rule effective date is June 26, 2019, but due to a HB1700 Budget Bill no »

  • DEQ Reissues Three VPDES Permits  - 

    Effective July 1, 2019, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has reissued three General Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) permits. The three general permits to be reissued are:General VPDES Permit for »

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  • Washington Changes Annual Reporting System for 2018  - 

    The Secure Access Washington (SAW) system was re-designed in summer of 2018, and the new features and updates are still rolling out through the 1st half of 2019. The most significant change to the SAW is by incorporating a Two-Factor Authentication »

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Washington, DC

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  • WDNR Debuts New Way to Track Air Permit Progress  - 

    A new progress bar has been added to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Permit Search Tool. The new progress bar, replacing the Permit Milestones table, is displayed at the bottom of the Permits and Permit Applications tab on each »

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  • Wyoming Air Quality Advisory Board Meeting Jul 15: SO2 Annual Report  - 

    The Wyoming Air Quality Advisory Board will meet on July 15, 2019 in Room 126 at the Wyoming Oil & Gas Conservation Commission in Casper. The Air Quality Division (Division) is requesting review of proposed changes to its rules related to landfills, »

  • State Oil Production at Highest Level in 25 Years  - 

    Wells completed in 2018 contributed nearly a quarter of the state's 88 million barrels of oil produced last year, a yearly total that has not been reached since 1993. Natural gas production in 2018 slightly increased from the previous year to more »

  • Revisions to Wyoming Waste Rules  - 

    The Wyoming Solid and Hazardous Waste Division has revised Chapters 4 (Construction and Demolition Landfill Regulations) and 6 (Transfer, Treatment, and Storage Facility Regulations) of the Solid Waste Rules and Regulations. The revisions »

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